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IRISH Surnames - Origins etc.

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AnnCardiff Report 17 Jan 2009 17:25

Irish genealogy - Search for your ancestor and hibernian roo...
the chance to trace their Irish family tree and search for their surname origins and the records of ... Gladney, No postings yet, Add information to Gladney ... - 53k - Similar pages


AnnCardiff Report 17 Jan 2009 17:29

Hoey Name Meaning and History
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEochaidh ‘descendant of Eochaidh’, a variant of Eachaidh (see Haughey).
Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead named Hoøy from Old Norse hór ‘high’ + ey ‘island’.


AnnCardiff Report 17 Jan 2009 17:31

Dundalk Civil Registration District, Counties Armagh, Louth ...
Name & Surname. Year. Quarter. Alice Hoey Anne Hoey Annie Teresa Hoey Bridget Hoey Bridget Hoey Bridget Hoey Catherine Hoey Catherine Hoey Edward Hoey ... - 47k - Similar pages


AnnCardiff Report 17 Jan 2009 17:32

Surname: Clements
This very interesting surname is of Old French origin, and is thought to have been introduced into England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066. It derives from the male given name 'Clement', itself adopted from the Latin 'Clemens', and meaning 'merciful'. The original popularity in England from the mid 12th Century on, was due to the (re-discovered) fame of St. Clement, a disciple of St. Paul, and because a number of popes selected the name Clement for its symbolic values. Early examples of the personal name recordings include 'Clemens' in 1153, in the Records of St. Benets Abbey, Norfolk, and 'Clemens filius Clementis', in the Curia Regis rolls for Essex in the year 1212. William Clement as a surname is recorded in the 1275 Hundred Rolls of Norfolk, whilst Richard Clemence is listed in the Huntingdonshire Hundred Rolls of 1279. The many spellings of 'Clement' showing its great medieval popularity, range from Clem, Clemas, Clemes, Clements, Clemon(t)s, Clemetts and Clem(m)ens, to Clemence, Climance, Clemen(t)son and Clemerson, and the Cornish Clemo, Clemow, Climo, Clymo, and many others. Amongst the interesting recordings associated with the surname are Thomas Clements who was one of the early emigrants to the American Colonies, leaving London on the "Abraham" in October 1635, bound for Virginia. The coat of arms was granted in Plymouth in 1620. This has the blazon of a silver field, two red bends wavy, and on a red chief, three gold estoiles. The crest is a gold griffin on a green mount. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robertus Clemens, which was dated 1155, in the Knight Templars rolls of Oxfordshire, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.


AnnCardiff Report 17 Jan 2009 17:34

The surname of MONTGOMERY is of French origin, the medieval Hiberno-Norman families of the name in Cork are probably now extinct. The well-known families of Ulster are of 17th century introduction. It was a territorial origin from the ancient castle of Saint-Foi-de-Montgomery in the diocese of Lisieux in Normandy. The first of the name recorded in Scotland appears to have been Roger de Montgomery (died 1094) who was a Norman nobleman who took part in planning the invasion of England in 1066, but remained in Normandy as regent. The following year, however, he was summoned to England by William, being created Earl of Arundel and granted the castle of Arundel with vast estates in Sussex. Later he also received the earldom of Shrewsbury. His father, Roger de Montgomery, was seigneur of St. Germain-de-Montgomery in Calvados. It is also the name of a Scottish family who were granted the earldom of Eglinton in 1506. They are descended from a certain Robert de Montgomerie, who was granted lands by Walter, High Steward of Scotland, in the latter half of the 12th century. Through his relationship with the Seton family, the 13th Earl, Archibald Montgomery (born 1812) also became Earl of Winton in 1859. A branch of the Scottish family was established in Donegal, Ireland in 1628. A descendant of this branch (born in Australia) was Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976) created Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. The first people in Scotland to acquire fixed surnames were the nobles and great landowners, who called themselves, or were called by others, after the lands they possessed. Surnames originating in this way are known as territorial. Formerly lords of baronies and regalities and farmers were inclined to magnify their importance and to sign letters and documents with the names of their baronies and farms instead of their Christian names and surnames. The abuse of this style of speech and writing was carried so far that an Act was passed in the Scots parliament in 1672 forbidding the practice and declaring that it was allowed only to noblemen and bishops to subscribe by their titles.


lexi Report 17 Jan 2009 19:07

hi anne,
thanks so much for that.its very interesting to read about your surnames histories.
my dad has often joked he is related to general montgomery!!!
thanks again.


AnnCardiff Report 17 Jan 2009 22:08

well why not do a check and find out for sure!!!!


AnnCardiff Report 17 Jan 2009 22:10

this is he!!!



Birth: 17 NOV 1887 Lambeth, London, England

Death: 24 MAR 1976



Refers to two types of entries: 1. Entries with pre-1500 birth or marriage dates, royalty, or nobility are available on film 1,126,128. The entries are arranged alphabetically. 2. All other entries were specially processed and have limited access. Direct descendants can contact: Temple Department, Special Services, 50 E. North Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT 84150-6400, USA.

Source Information:
Batch Number: T990275
Sheet: 00
Source Call No.: SIS Type: Book


Linda Report 18 Jan 2009 22:34

Thanks for looking for Penston



Frances Report 19 Jan 2009 12:58

Thank you for your suggestions regarding Gladney posted on 17th January. Sorry, this thanks is rather late.

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^ ^ ^ Ancient Egyptian Spinx ^ ^ ^ Report 19 Jan 2009 18:09

My Mothers side came over from Ireland during the potato famine,and some went to America. Their name, REYNOLDS.
Thank you so much.

:) still smiling :)

:) still smiling :) Report 19 Jan 2009 18:15

thank you to both Ann and Teresa for that information, i'm sorry i have only just seen the thread. thank you very much, very useful info. i beleive mine to have been from Meath so it makes sense. thanks again,


AnnCardiff Report 19 Jan 2009 18:49

Definition: A patronymic surname meaning "son of Reynold." The given name Reynold derives from the Germanic name Reginold composed of the elements "ragin" = counsel, advice and "wald" = rule.

Surname Origin: English

Alternate Surname Spellings: REYNOLDSON, REYNOLD


AnnCardiff Report 19 Jan 2009 18:50

Irish Reynolds
The Irish Reynolds ancestral line is the most common of the Reynolds inhabitants in the United States. A Gaelic name, it's usually anglicized from the common English one. In Irish, it is MacRaghnaill, which derives from the Gaelic of Randal or Reginald. The Reynolds surname originates in and around County Leitrim, where the name was rather influential prior to the seventeenth century. Throughout Ireland's rich history, the Reynolds family name was a prominent one and even today, County Leitrim is still the principal stronghold of the name, nearly half the people in Ireland so called hailing from that area.

As with many Irish families, the Reynolds began emigrating from Ireland in two fronts, early on in America's history, as they settled in the northeast prior to the American Revolution and during the "Great Irish Famine", where millions of Irish Catholics came to North America.


CLK Report 19 Jan 2009 20:41

Hi Ladies,
I'd be very greatful if you could tell me the origin of the name Kehily please... The relatives we know about were from the Dublin area.
Many Thanks Claire


Fiona Report 19 Jan 2009 22:10

Hi Teresa,
Could you add Purcell to your lengthy task


Joy Report 19 Jan 2009 22:26

One more, please: Seavers


AnnCardiff Report 19 Jan 2009 22:36

this sure took a lot of finding!!!



This distribution analysis is based on information extracted from the Tithe Composition Applotment Books compiled between 1823 and 1838 as well as Griffith's Valuation (1848 to 1864). It covers most of the leaseholders of titheable land recorded in the Tithe Applotment Books plus every householder and occupier of land recorded in Griffith's Valuation, with the exception of Dublin City where large numbers of occupiers were omitted from the survey.

In all 29,229 different surnames are covered with a precise parish location for the 915,543 householders recorded in Griffith's Valuation. A total of 3,008 Civil Parishes were researched and the surname Kieley was discovered in 0.13% of these or 4 parishes.

When tracing Irish ancestors you may encounter cases where the deletion, addition or alternation of prefixes such as 0', Mc, Mac etc. occur within a family tree. For this reason all such prefixes are appended to this report if they occurred. In addition you should not ignore material simply because a different spelling is recorded. Most surnames found in Ireland have a number of spelling variations. By way of an example there follows a list of similar sounding names to Kieley, with the number of Civil Parishes where each occurred:

Kaile 1, Kaily 1, Kaley 1, Keal 5, Keale 1, Kealey 3, Keally 8, Kealy 181, Keel 4, Keele 2, Keeley 12, Keely 138, Keheely 1, Kehely 6, Kehily 4, Keil 3, Keiley 7, Keilly 19, Keily 145, Kel ,k 8, Kelay 1, Kell 21, Kellie 1, Kelloe 1, Kellow 1, Kelly 2101, Keloy 1, Kieley 4, Kielly 12, Kiely 147, Kihil 1, Kilawee 2, Kile 4, Kiley 36, Kill 5, Killawee 2, Killea 1, Killee 2, Killey 1, Killow 1, Killy 1, Kilwee 1, Kle 1, Kyle 107, Kyley 2, Kyly 1 .

It is not intended to imply a definite inter-relationship between all of these surnames but it may alert some readers to certain possibilities.

The following list reveals the numerical strength as well as the location by Civil Parish [Poor Law Union] and Barony of the surname Kieley for the years indicated. The omission of a number in the first column reveals the presence of the surname Kieley in that parish when the exact count is unknown. This also applies in cases where a second year is printed (in brackets) to show the presence of the name Kieley in a parish at an earlier date. Embedded question marks are used to alert you to possible variations in spellings between different records.

Surname: Kieley County Cork:-
Clonfert [Kanturk] Duhallow, 1852 (1826).

Surname: Kieley County Limerick:-
1 Mungret [Limerick] Pubblebrien, 1850 (1822).

Surname: Kieley County Tipperary:-
3 Inishlounaght [Clogheen] Iffa and Offa East, 1850 (1826).
1 Kilgrant [Clonmel] Iffa and Offa East, 1850.

Mac, Mc or O' etc. prefix, not recorded with this surname


AnnCardiff Report 19 Jan 2009 22:39


The name Purcell actually means pig or piglet. This is because it is derived from the name of a swineherd. It is derived from porcel which is derived from porcus which is Latin for pig. Families with this surname were first found in Surrey where they were settled from early times. In fact the Duke of Normandy granted them lands in gratitude for their heroic assistance in 1066 A.D at the Battle of Hastings.

There are several well known personalities with the surname Purcell. Daniel Purcell was the younger brother of Henry Purcell and a composer. Edward Mills Purcell is a Nobel prize winner and an outstanding physicist. Joe Purcell is a former Arkansas governor. John Purcell was a recipient of the Victoria Cross. Dominic Purcell is an Australian actor. Andrew Purcell is an American mathematician.


AnnCardiff Report 19 Jan 2009 22:40

Seaver Surname Origin
(Origin Gaelic) Saibher, rich; Sever, local, a town in France.

Surname: Seeviour
Recorded in a number of spelling forms including Seavers, Seevers, Seviour, Sevier, Siveyor, Sivier, and Seeviour, this unusual and interesting name is Dutch, English, and French. It is or rather was occupational, and in medieval times denoted a manufacturer or merchant of wooden (and later metal), sieves. The derivation being from the Old English pre 7th Century word 'sifa', and the French 'sieve'. Introduced into England by the Norman Invaders of 1066, the surprising number of spellings of the surname in use today, indicates the early importance of the occupation. Examples of the surname recordings taken from surviving church registers of the diocese of Greater London include: Margrett Sevvyer, who married George Godfrey at the church of St Benets, Pauls Wharf, on February 2nd 1625, and Elizabeth Sevier, the daughter of Thomas Sevier, who was christened on November 16th 1673, at St. Botolph's without Aldgate. A coat of arms granted in The Netherlands, has the blazon of a gold field, charged with an oak tree proper, and in chief two gold knights spurs. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Edith Siviere. This was dated 1274, in the charters known as the Hundred Rolls of the county of Essex, during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.